Get Help Applying for Health Insurance

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It’s time to get covered: What does health insurance “open enrollment”  mean for you?

In California, we use Covered California to buy health insurance. On the Covered California website, you can purchase health insurance for the first time, renew your health insurance and apply for Medi-Cal if you’re eligible. If you don’t have health insurance, you need to apply for health insurance through Covered California to avoid a fee during tax time (April 2018).

WHAT is Medi-Cal and why would I qualify?

Medi-Cal is California’s health insurance for low- and no-income individuals and a lot of people who qualify don’t know about it. Try the eligibility screener on One Degree to see if you might be eligible for Medi-Cal.

WHEN can I apply for health insurance and Medi-Cal through Covered California?

Covered California’s open enrollment period is from November 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019. But don’t put it off. The application might take longer than you think, and it could be difficult to get help applying when you’re closer to the end of the enrollment period.

HOW do I apply for Health Insurance?

If you feel comfortable, you can apply online on your own, right here. If you’d like some help applying, you can find enrollment help on the Covered California website.

You can also find help applying for insurance on One Degree:

Find help applying to Covered California in the Bay Area!

Find help applying to Covered California in Los Angeles County!

CAN I apply for health insurance if I’m Undocumented?

If you’re undocumented, you can use Covered California to apply for Medi-Cal, but your benefits may be limited. Depending on your county, you may be eligible for another health insurance option, such as those in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

We hope this helps while you’re applying for health insurance. If you have more questions about applying for health insurance, or accessing health care without insurance, Contact us using the little yellow box on the bottom right of any page on One Degree, or email us at

Obtenga ayuda para solicitar un seguro de salud

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La registracion para Covered California han comenzado.

Eso significa que si usted no tiene seguro de salud, ahora puede solicitar Medi-Cal u otra cobertura para 2019.

Medi-Cal es el seguro de salud de California para personas con pocos ingresos y sin ingresos, y muchas personas que califican no lo saben. Ha habido cierta confusión sobre cómo, cuándo y quién puede postularse:

¿QUÉ es Medi-Cal y por qué calificaría?

Medi-Cal es el seguro de salud de California para personas con pocos ingresos o sin ingresos, y muchas personas que califican no lo saben. Pruebe la evaluación de elegibilidad en One Degree para ver si puedes ser elegible para Medi-Cal.

¿CUÁNDO puedo solicitar seguro de salud y Medi-Cal a través de Covered California?

El período de inscripción abierta de Covered California es del 1 de noviembre de 2018 al 31 de enero de 2019. Pero no lo posponga. La aplicación podría tomar más tiempo de lo que piensas, y podría ser difícil obtener ayuda para cuando estés más cerca del final del período de inscripción.

¿CÓMO solicito el seguro de salud?

Si se siente cómodo, puede presentar su solicitud por su cuenta, aquí mismo. Si desea solicitar ayuda, puede encontrar ayuda para inscribirse en el sitio web de Covered California

¿PUEDO solicitar seguro de salud si estoy indocumentado?

Si no está documentado, puede usar Covered California para solicitar Medi-Cal, pero sus beneficios pueden ser limitados. Según su condado, puede ser elegible para otra opción de seguro de salud, como las de San Francisco y Los Ángeles.

Yo he creado dos colecciones de oportunidades para encontrar ayuda cercana y solicitar un seguro de salud, una en San Francisco y otra en Los Ángeles.

Obtenga ayuda para solicitar un seguro de salud (Area de la Bahía)

Obtenga ayuda para solicitar un seguro de salud (Los Ángeles)

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, puede conversar conmigo usando el pequeño recuadro amarillo en la parte inferior derecha de cualquier página en One Degree, o envíeme un correo electrónico respondiendo a este correo electrónico o a

Espero que estos recursos le hagan este proceso más fácil. ¡Gracias por ser miembro de nuestra comunidad!

Get holiday gifts for your children and more!

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I hope you’re getting excited for the holiday season. This can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also be difficult to provide our families with holiday meals, gifts and decorations. If you need some help finding gifts for your children and loved ones, here’s a collection of free gifts and toys for the holidays. I’ve included a couple of fun holiday activities, too! Some sign-ups are ending soon – don’t wait to contact these organizations!  

Check out our list of Holiday resources:
Get holiday gifts for your children in the Bay Area!

Get holiday gifts for your children in Los Angeles!

Browse the collection for opportunities near you. Click on an Opportunity to see the “WHAT TO DO NEXT” instructions for how to contact the organization. Here’s an FAQ to help you get started.

I hope these resources make the holiday season a little brighter for you. Thank you so much for being a member of our community. From all of us at One Degree, we wish you happy holidays!

Find a Thanksgiving meal for you and your family!

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We want to make sure you and your family are aware of places where you can receive Thanksgiving meals. Some sign-ups are ending soon – don’t wait to contact these organizations!  

Check out our list of Thanksgiving resources:
Find a Thanksgiving meal in the Bay Area!

Find a Thanksgiving meal in Los Angeles County!

Browse the collection for opportunities near you. Click on an Opportunity to see the “What To Do Next” instructions for how to contact the organization. Here’s an FAQ to help you get started.

I hope these resources help make Thanksgiving a wonderful holiday for you. Thank you for being a member of our community.

Happy Holidays!

P.S. If you have questions, you can Live Chat with us using the little yellow box on the bottom right of any page on One Degree, or email

Celebrating SF Pride – Take a look at our collection of Queer resources

Written by Tati Guardado, Summer Intern with One Degree

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, June 1973. Photo: Leonard Fink.

San Francisco Pride is this weekend (June 23-24)! The Pride parade celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and the fight to express one’s authentic self. Let’s celebrate and remember how it all started.

One of the founders of Pride was Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender women who was a leader in the Stonewall riots. These riots occurred after police harassed patrons at the New York City Stonewall gay bar in June 1969. Pride marches sprouted from these riots, providing a space for members of the LGBTQ+ community facing discrimination both in society and in their own LGBTQ+ communities.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community, specifically transgender and gender non-conforming people of color, face more discrimination and are often excluded from the history of Pride. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported that “72 percent of the victims of LGBTQ or HIV-motivated hate violence homicides in 2013 were transgender women, and 67 percent were transgender women of color”.

Marsha P. Johnson was a radical leader for the LGBTQ+ community. Many believe she died as a result of a hate crime. She serves as a real life reflection of our community, and the struggles people face to lead happy and healthy lives.

At One Degree, we believe everyone can be empowered to create a path out of poverty for themselves and their communities when provided access to life-improving resources. As part of San Francisco Pride we’re celebrating by providing opportunities for our transgender and gender non-conforming members to meet their needs and celebrate themselves.

LGBTQ+ and Looking for Help?

  1. Here is a collection of resources around San Francisco for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color. This collection includes medical care, mental health care, counseling and support, housing for LGBTQ+ folx and more!
  2. Need help finding resources? Live Chat our Member Support using the yellow box on the bottom right of any One Degree page, or email us at
  3. Check out Asylum Connect, a One Degree partner that provides an online database of resources for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers all over the country.

How can you be an Ally?

  1. Share our collection of resources for Trans and gender non-conforming people widely.
  2. Add more resources! If you find organizations providing support to the LGBTQ+ community that aren’t on One Degree, add them using our community submission tool. You can also use the “Suggest Edits” button (top right) to make edits to any existing resource on One Degree. Check out these  Frequently Asked Questions to learn how to add an organization to the One Degree website.

Happy Pride!

The One Degree Team

Northern California Fires Relief Collection

Late in the night on Sunday, October 8th, multiple forest fires spread throughout Sonoma and Napa counties. 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and at least 1,500 structures have been destroyed.

Looking for Help?

  1. Check out our collection of fire relief resources. This collection includes temporary shelter, pet shelter, evacuation updates and more. We will update the collection as more opportunities become available.
  2. Need help finding resources? Live Chat our Member Support using the yellow box on the bottom right of any One Degree page, or email us at
  3. Throughout the Bay Area, there is an increased level of smoke in the air. Take health precautions to protect yourself from smoke in the air. Read more here.  Check your air quality here. 

How can you Help?

  1. Share our collection of fire relief resources widely. This collection will be updated as more opportunities become available.
  2. Add more relief resources. If you find organizations providing fire relief in Sonoma and Napa county that aren’t in our collection, please add them using our community submission tool here, or add them to an existing organization on One Degree using the “Suggest Edits” button on the top right of any organization’s page. 
  3. Sign up to become a volunteer with the American Red Cross. As volunteer needs change, the American Red Cross will update volunteers.

Search One Degree for thousands of resources in the entire Bay Area and Los Angeles County, from access health care, food banks, employment services, and much more.

Thank you to everyone working for our community – keep taking care of one another.

One Degree Team

P.S. You can also offer your home or find free temporary housing via Airbnb from Oct 8-30, 2017. Please note, we are not affiliated with Airbnb nor do we list their services on One Degree.

P.P.S. Eater San Francisco is keeping a running list of open restaurants, many of which are providing free meals, in the Napa and Sonoma County area. Please note, we are not affiliated with Eater SF nor do we list their services on One Degree.

Welcome to the Family, Los Angeles County!

We are beyond excited to announce that after empowering over 250,000 people in the Bay Area with the tools to find and access life-changing resources, we are now expanding our coverage to serve the Los Angeles community!

We’ve been working with partner organizations and community members alike to learn about all the great community resources available across the county and to make sure One Degree LA covers them all. Adding new nonprofit organizations to our platform and learning about LA county’s areas of need has been a great way to learn about the unique community that makes Los Angeles so special.

Los Angeles County was a natural addition to One Degree because of the diverse communities that reside here and the incredible organizations that serve them. There are over ten million residents in Los Angeles county and thousands of nonprofit organizations that work hard to make sure ‘Angelinos’ have access to vital resources. One Degree is the link between them.

We look forward to giving the LA county community -which spans over 88 cities!- the tools to discover all types of resources in their specific neighborhoods. You can explore over 5600 community resources across the county including food pantries, child care, legal aid and lots more. Check out the new opportunities, organizations, and collections we’ve added for Los Angeles today! If you don’t see your favorite organization please be sure to add it to our database – it’s really easy.

Finally, as part of our launch, we are hosting a series of webinars to show you how easy it is to use One Degree to search, save and share community resources. Sign up and learn some tricks!

Welcome to the family, Los Angeles County. The future is bright in sunny Southern California!


5 Ways to Celebrate Mom All Year Long

Mother’s day has come and gone and we have been thinking; what if we continue celebrating mom throughout the year? Mothers, grandmas, Godmothers, mentors and other mother figures do so much for us throughout our lives. Let’s celebrate them for more than just one day! The good thing is, showing your love and appreciation is easier than you may think. Flowers, chocolates and cards are nice, but sharing experiences and being involved in each others’ lives is even better. Here are some (free) ideas to show your love all year long:

  • Take a class together
    Sharing a learning experience is not only great quality time together, but it also sets the stage to continue sharing activities and conversations through the year. You can take Latino music and dance classes, enroll in an arts enrichment program or even learn how to code together! Follow this link to browse One Degree; add your zipcode and find options near you.
  • Call her!
    Checking in on an ongoing basis goes a long way in showing Mom you care. You don’t have to spend hours on the phone every day – just calling to say “I hope you had a good day” or “What did you have for lunch?” can spark the best of ongoing connections. If mom or grandma doesn’t have a phone, check out this service or other similar ones near you. They give free cell phones (with data plans) for those who qualify.
  • Help her eat healthy food 
    Everyone knows more fruits and veggies are the way to go when it comes to healthy eating. However, getting fresh produce when you’re on a budget can be quite challenging! Fortunately, there are several organizations that give free fresh produce to those who need them. Find the one closest to you and stock mom’s fridge with healthy options when she needs it!
  • Exercise together
    Exercising is great for you. Exercising with mom is great for your relationship! Sharing a workout gives you a chance to motivate each other to live a healthy lifestyle and have some time to catch up during warm ups. Browse One Degree to find free options like Yoga, Zumba, fitness classes and more.  
  • Make sure she has access to health resources
    You never know when you or your loved ones are going to need medical assistance or even just a routine check-up. Being aware of the free or low-cost options near our loved ones can make all the difference when the time comes. Use your mom’s zipcode to search for all types of health-related resources, from primary care to dental care and even free transportation to get your grandma to her appointments.

There are countless ways to celebrate Mom in practical ways. Explore One Degree to discover free resources near you to make it all happen – and don’t forget, we’re rooting for you and the women in your life!

10 Free Activities for Seniors in San Francisco


Hey there! Are you a senior trying to enjoy life to the fullest? Or do you have grandparents that live in San Francisco and want to stay active and healthy? Well, we have 10 programs and activities for all seniors in your life to stay active, meet new people and most importantly, have fun!

Finding the right way to stay active is the best thing seniors can do for their health. Luckily enough, our city of San Francisco has organizations and community resources so that everyone can have fun. Below are a few free or almost free programs seniors can start enjoying today:

  1. Exercise!
    Mission Neighborhood Centers (MNC) provides seniors a place to exercise, where certified nurses instruct classes with exercises that help control your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels, and reduce pain. These nurses are trained to help you strengthen your body while being in a safe environment surrounded by other seniors.
  2. Take computer classes
    Want to be able to use the computer without asking for help all the time Take a computer class with MNC three times a week and impress your family! Knowing the basics of the computer and Internet will help you access more resources and communicate with your friends when you are at home.
  3. Socialize
    SteppingStone organizes activities every day that aim to stimulate your senses with music, brain games, and multicultural celebrations. You can socialize with people from different cultures and go on field trips to a museum or have a picnic!
  4. Explore
    Every first Tuesday of every month, the de Young– Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is free! However, if you want to go another day, it’s only $7 for seniors. The museum showcases African art, photography, sculptures and American art, as well as special exhibits depending on the month. This museum is an amazing place to go if you want to take a field trip with your community center peers.
  5. Join a community!
    Interested in being a part of a community where you celebrate each other’s birthdays and have select activities every afternoon? You can create multiple friendships at Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center’s Senior Program! You won’t get bored coming here — the activities vary from tai chi, line dancing, memoir writing, and eating hot meals daily. Along with having fun, this community also wants to make sure you are in the best condition with monthly blood pressure screenings.
  6. Connect with nature
    Sometimes, we take nature for granted. With your friends and family, a visit and exploration of the Golden Gate Park is a great way to bond and create better relationships. You can walk around the park, go on some trails or lay on a patch of grass with your family. While you’re there, go to the Conservatory of Flowers and enjoy the smells of the various flowers! It’s free every first Tuesday of the month or $6 any other day.
  7. Learn new things
    How cool would it be to learn a new language ? Well, you can learn how to speak Italian, improve your writing techniques, and practice your painting skills at the San Francisco Senior Center. Along with learning, there are fun activities as well. Play against other seniors in ping pong, win prizes in Bingo, and chat while knitting.
  8. Get social
    Not only does the SF Senior Center help develop lifelong skills, they also organize social outings like going to movie theaters, walking around the city, and letting loose by dancing!
  9. Grab a nutritious meal
    Having a healthy and nutritious meal 3 times a day is an important aspect in keeping your body nourished and energized to take on the day. Luckily, Project Open Hand provides a place where seniors can eat and mingle.
  10. Enjoy art everywhere
    One more thing to do in San Francisco is to check out the breathtaking Mission District murals during your free time. Follow this guide to tour the main mural areas across the Mission on a self-guided tour. You can go in a group or solo and take pictures with or of the murals!

There you have it: 10 activities for seniors to enjoy in San Francisco. You can find hundreds of other community resources for seniors across the Bay Area on One Degree. Whether you like art, fitness, learning, or social activities, there is no limit to what you can be a part of! Use the “seniors” filter and your zip code to discover all the options near you.  Please share this with other seniors in your life and remember, we’re rooting for you!

Welcome to the Family, Santa Clara County!

map 2 readyWe’re thrilled to officially announce One Degree’s expansion to Santa Clara County! We’ve been working hard adding resources to our site, meeting with local organizations, training nonprofit professionals, and getting to know the community. Now it’s time for you to start taking advantage of it all!

Audrey Galo, our resource manager and her team have been making sure we have as many resources as possible on our site so you can find everything you’re looking for. We never stop adding resources to the database and our community of organizations and resource users add information every day to our site too. Right now we have 1048 opportunities and 326 organizations all located throughout Santa Clara County – and the list will only keep growing! Explore them all!

Santa Clara County makes a great fit in the One Degree family because of its diversity and its position as a hub of innovation. We know that people can use One Degree to connect with all sorts of local social resources; 13% of children in SCC live in poverty. Over 38% of SCC residents are foreign born (as compared to 26.9% statewide) and many have issues getting health insurance, adjusting to the United States, and accessing mental health services. At the same time, Santa Clara County was the first county in the nation to open an Office of LGBTQ affairs, showing its commitment to equal opportunities and empowerment for all. Our expansion means that even more people in SCC will have easy access to opportunities that fit their needs.

Come see all the great resources we’ve compiled for you! Check to see if your favorite community organization or service is already listed and if it’s not, please add it to our site so we can expand our database. Also, explore new opportunities you might not have heard of before and get the latest contact information so you can access them.

Finally, come meet our team! We are hosting a free workshop about how to take advantage of all One Degree tools this Wednesday, February 22 at 4:30 PM at Year Up Silicon Valley in San Jose. Follow this link to get tickets!

Welcome to the family, Santa Clara County! We can’t wait to continue building relationships with the community and nonprofit organizations across the county and are super excited for what’s to come.